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Re: Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Fri Dec 29 21:05:11 2017, in response to Re: Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System, posted by Andrew Saucci on Fri Dec 29 19:31:11 2017.

For mass transit -
The easiest yet most useful Subway route to build would probably be to connect the SIR to Lower Manhattan via (nonstop) NJ. What could be done is:
1. Reconfigure St George as a through station.
2. Reactivate Ball Park (it's right along the way anyway).
3. Use the abandoned north shore ROW to get to bridge height (or tunnel depth).
4. Curve into the crossing, cross over (or under) to Constable Hook

At this point there are two options, of varying pros and cons:
1. Go full blown FRA, double track the freight line, and share to Liberty State Park. They can single track off peak to allow freight to continue with roughly the same throughput as it has now.
2. Work out a way to Share with HBLR. A dual 600VDC 3rd rail / 750VDC catenary vehicle should not be difficult. Since it's only the Bayonne branch, there's extra capacity. This section has no street running and is a former RR RoW, so 60' cars should clear just fine. Stations would need to have the grade level pedestrian crossings eliminated, and switches might need to be changed to support the longer cars.

Either way, once at the park, use the wooded non-parkland space to duck into a shallow tunnel under the NJ Turnpike. Then, cut and cover under Philip St, gradually descending to eventually become a deep bore. Turn right and cross under the Hudson.

Once in Manhattan, if the FRA route was chosen, the best that can be done is a new station with a lot of transfer options (perhaps under Fulton TC). If the HBLR route was chosen, perhaps it can become the E train at WTC.

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